What could be better? A collection of home-improvised solo recordings from Mary Lattimore, deploying her delay-pedalled harp to absolutely gorgeous effect. Intimate, exploratory, near-spiritual. Luciferin Light is an attractive glitter gold cassette, released by Kit Records in an edition of just 100 copies.
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- Luciferin Light by Mary Lattimore
8/10 Robin Staff review, 17 November 2015
Mary Lattimore flagged up her personal philosophy with the opener to her solo record ‘The Withdrawing Room’, a track simply and dismissively titled “You’ll Be Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine” (sic). Ever since, the drone harpist has been making gorgeous and generous compositions that, whether implementing melody or falling apart at the seams, feel immediately comforting. Her work with Jeff Zeigler, an ambient artist after a darker hype, merely articulated this vibe: her compositions came out of his brooding tunnel drones all the brighter.
Any good ambient artist will tell you that you’ve gotta amble your way through the labels, and having previously dabbled in the world of Desire Path, Lattimore’s now produced this lovely tape for Kit Records. Opening on a rumbling of homely mic’d sounds, she eventually stops the creaking and chiming and brings her trademark sound into view -- patiently plucked and assembled harp, with warped, spacey, twanging ambient sounds acting as parentheses to each melodic flourish.
This collection sees Lattimore creatively freefalling, doing what she pleases with her work while keeping it strikingly cohesive: the record’s title track is a cascading collation of bright harp that also intones darker, incongruent notes, only to crush them with a waterfall of happy sound and subtle kosmische drone. “Sleeping In a House With a Lot of Dolls” takes plucked chords and slowly develops a shy vocal chorus around them. You might not expect it from an artist playing grandiose harp music, but there’s always a cosiness to Lattimore’s music -- perhaps it’s that hopeless new age joy we look to, where we try and communicate a solution without addressing the problem, but Lattimore’s music is wonderfully calming.
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